The Capitol Tokyu offers its Guests the opportunity to participate in a unique Shinto ritual in Tokyo. Come to feel the essence of Japanese spirituality through the Way of Gods.
Did you know that the Capitol Tokyu is literally the first hotel born from foreign investments in 1963? Since that time, this hotel always knows how to keep its number one place. It is providing a wide range of high-end rooms, restaurants, fitness, spa, meeting rooms and even a photo studio or a flower shop.
No wonder why The Beatles or Michael Jackson used to stay here when visiting Japan. The Capitol is not a simple luxury lodging facility like the others. More than anything, professionals who work here are constantly striving to share and show a real Japan to their customers. And to achieve that, what is better than original and exclusive experiences?
A 600-year-old Shrine
Surrounded by vivid green trees and huge buildings, Hie Shrine lies solemnly at two minutes-walking from The Capitol. Not only gifted by a convenient location, it is also home to a sacred sword registered as a national treasure. This is not all since this Shrine also possesses a walk full of red tori gates. Ideal for those who want to explore the famous Fushimi Inari-Taisha of Kyoto without any crowd.
Not only wonderful, Hie Shrine is also one of the most important worshiping places of the archipelago due to its history. It was dedicated to the Shogunate, military leaders during the feudal period of Edo and is now reserved to pray for the Gods of the imperial residence.
The oldest Japanese spirituality
Do you really know the national Japanese religion? Shinto is the indigenous Japanese religion and can be translated as “the Way of the Gods”. As suggested by the name, Japanese people are not attached to one God in particular. Far away from the trap of fanaticism, they tend more to respect nature and objects around and to ask their local deities for their support in life.
For more foreign visitors in Japan, taking part into a Shinto ritual in Tokyo sounds impossible. Yet, you can do it. So don’t hesitate, come along with the Miko, the Shrine maidens, and enter the main building where nobody can’t access usually. Once inside the Shrine, the Miko will start to perform a magical dance with the sword in order to transmit your wish to the Gods. It is quite common in Japan to pray for important life events such as business success or easy childbirth. Why won’t you try to take part in this cultural experience which is an open door on the ancestral Japanese philosophy?